Late at night on the 9th of August, the Hurricanes announced that new forward Max Pacioretty will undergo surgery in Raleigh tomorrow for a torn Achilles and will be out for around six months. This is awful news for the player, for the organization, and for us as fans that were excited to see a player like Max Pacioretty play in Carolina with this coach and in this system.
At 33 years old, Pacioretty has started to develop some concern about his body given his age and how often he seems to spend time in the treatment rooms and missing games. When he is healthy, he has proven time and again that he can be a fantastic player. This Achilles injury is the latest in a long list of injuries for the New Canaan, Connecticut native.
Now, the Hurricanes have to find a way to cope with the loss of one of the players that the organization had started to develop a strong dependence on to replace some of the scoring that the team had lost in free agency. Now, the team is going to have to find a different source of scoring to replace Max Pacioretty who is out until at least the All-star break by my counting.
Fans are not going to get to see the talent of the former Vegas Golden Knight. Pacioretty is going to be a big miss for the Hurricanes and with no one on the team that sticks out with the pure ability to step in and replace him. He’s a pure scorer and he was going to be one of the best players on the team according to most projections. This is the absolute worst time to lose Pacioretty for that long.
I hate talking about player injuries, and in an ideal world, you never see a player get hurt. However, a torn Achillies is an awful injury. He may not be the player he was when he comes back from it, and the Hurricanes now have to try and find a way to replace the production he was expected to bring. Wishing nothing but a speedy recovery for Max.